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Referencing at University of Roehampton

What is Referencing & How to Reference

Referencing is a standardised way of individually acknowledging the authors and sources you refer to in your assignments.

Please check the department/school pages listed on the side navigation panel to find out which style you should be using.

Why Reference?

You reference:

  • To show that you have been researching your subject thoroughly (improve your marks)
  • To acknowledge the words and ideas of others showing respect for the work of others (academic integrity)
  • To enable your readers to find the works that you are referring to (engage with your academic community)

Managing your References

Top tips for managing your references

  • Keep track of everything you have used – start compiling your reference list as soon as you start reading a document
  • Make accurate notes to distinguish your own words/ideas from the work of other people
  • Use a reference management tool such as RefWorks, Zotero and Endnote. These tools offer a place to save and manage your references online. You can export directly from the library search results page and from databases into these tools, as well as generate bibliographies in different referencing styles. The Library subscribes to and provides support for using RefWorks.